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Industry Collaboration Is the Key to Improving Patient Safety

With more than one billion e-prescriptions flowing through our network every year, we must ensure the data is comprehensive, accurate and usable. When clinicians and pharmacists receive reliable information at critical points of care—we call it actionable patient intelligence—they can make better informed decisions. This leads to lower costs, higher quality and increased safety—the “holy grail” of healthcare.

Electronic Prior Authorization Delivers the “Holy Grail” of Healthcare: Increased Patient Safety, Lower Costs and Higher Quality

When patients visit a doctor’s office or pharmacy, they want convenience. Consumers expect care to be delivered with ease and efficiency, so they can follow their providers’ recommendations with confidence. But when physicians don’t know if their patients’ medications will be covered by insurance or patients are forced to wait to fill prescriptions only to find out they can’t afford them, the process breaks down for everyone.

Cross-Industry Collaboration Aims to Improve Data Quality

Although Surescripts has always worked closely with our network participants to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the information on our network, we still recognize the need to continually work towards even higher e-prescribing quality. Today, e-prescribing is virtually the norm, with more than 1.5 billion e-prescriptions annually—or 3,000 a minute—flowing through our network.

A Primer on Surescripts’ Nationwide Medication History Data

Different pieces of a patient’s medication history reside within electronic health record (EHR) systems maintained by various ambulatory care providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, community pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBM), health plans, and with the individual patient.

Pharma: Why Can't Physicians Find Your New Drugs in their EHRs?

Pharmaceutical executives contact me with the same problem time and time again: “My reps keep telling me that physicians cannot find our new drugs in their EHR.” They can hire the best sales reps in the business, but if doctors are unable to find those medications in their EHR when it comes time to prescribe, they simply cannot deliver electronically!

I’ll Take One Refill, Hold the Fax

Although we’ve made great strides in e-prescribing adoption over the past 10 years, not all aspects of the process have been fully optimized. One question I hear all too often is: “Why do I still receive prescription refill requests by fax from electronically enabled pharmacies?”

The Time for EPCS is Here!

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances enables a significantly better experience for both patients and providers when compared to the analog methods of the past.